Our dear friend, Andrey Barbashinov, from Almaty, Kazakhstan, the first person to climb Denali (Mt. McKinley) this year (and millennium!) was killed just before 5 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26, when the motorcycle he was driving back from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks was hit by a truck. He would have celebrated his 28th birthday on July 13.
Andrey was the Deputy Director of the Women and Children's Protection Against Violence Crisis Center, and Deputy Commander of the Mountain Rescue Squad in his country. He received degrees in International Law from Moscow State University, International Tourism from the Kazakh State Academy, and Cinema-Video Engineering from the Central Asian Institute of Cinema and Television. He was President of the Kazakh Climbers' Sport Club, and had been a guide at the International Festival on the 7,010 meter (23,000 foot) peak Khan Tengri in the Tien Shan Mountains.
Andrey had been traveling around the western U.S. with old and new friends after being unanimously selected as an exchange participant for the Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund. Pictures from Andrey's trip are included below.
A fund is being arranged for Andrey's family, and to return Andrey and his belongings to his home. Contributions may be made to the Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 737, Boulder, CO 80306 a 501(c)(3) organization, to be applied to the Andrey Barbashinov Memorial.
After returning from Denali, Andrey had participated in a U.S. climbing guides course in Durango, taken a 10 day raft trip on the San Juan River, visited the Marin Headlands and Mt. Diabolo with friends in the Bay Area, climbed the West Face of Mt. Olympus in 3 hours (roundtrip), visited Timpanogos Cave, Dinosaur National Monument, Flaming Gorge, Hill Air Museum, Yellowstone and the Tetons, and was greatly looking forward to climbing El Capitan in Yosemite. He had recently helped a friend unveil the "Snow Spirit" sculpture at the opening of the National Ability Center in Park City, and a plaque in his memory will be placed by the marble snow angel.
Andrey seemed to take in as much as ten others in every day of his life, and give back that much more. His openness and appreciation for his friends was always apparent in his attention to sharing his past experiences with new friends, and interest in communicating his latest adventures and the friendships he made with all those he had met here, and with the many who loved him and awaited his return in Kazakhstan.
Advanced Base Camp Warehouse
Camp1 on Denali
Looking at climbers approaching Denali Pass, on his descent from the summit
Denali, with a picture of a friend from home he is thinking of
Mt. Hunter in the background
Mike on Denali
Denali with Ice Axe
University flag on Denali
Traveling in the lower states
At the unveiling of the Snow Spirit sculpture at the National Ability Center
In the Bay Area with Ashley Robinson
With Elliott Robinson in the Bay Area
With Jay (Evgeny) and family at their home in Denver
With friends in Aspen
Visiting the Timpanogos Cave
Dinosaur National Monument
Climbing during the guide's course in Durango
On the summit of a training run traversing Grandeur Peak near Salt Lake
Hill AFB Air Museum
Andrey's journal from 6/16-18 Journal 6/19-21 Journal 6/22-23 Journal 6/24
Mt. Olympus sunset after 3 hour car to car ascent of the West Face
San Juan River raft trip
The Salt Lake by Saltair
Salt Lake City, visiting the Mormon Temple
Alpine Slide in Park City
"Snow Spirit" sculpture at the National Ability Center
Andrey climbing in Little Cottonwood Canyon with Jimmie and Helen
Little Cottonwood Canyon climbing
Grand Tetons &Yellowstone N.P.
Yellowstone National Park
A Bison in Yellowstone from the camera Andrey was carrying
Old Faithful geyser erupting in Yellowstone, June 24, 2001
Teton Bouldering, June 25, 2001
Teton Climber's Ranch, morning, June 25, 2001
The Russian climbing magazine RISK offered a tribute to Andrey.
Canadian climber Rick Hudson spent two weeks with Andrey in the
Tien Shan Mountians in August 2000. Here, he offers some thoughts in Andrey Barbashinov remembered.
Memorial in Little Cottonwood Canyon, June 28, 2001
Hellen and Xenia with bouquets
The Russians Are Coming in the Mountains
Andrej, Elena, and Xenia
First ascent of Andrey's Tower, July 1, 2001
"The Russian's Are Coming, 5.10+"
Jimmie leading Looking up
Jimmie wearing his The Russian's Are Coming shirt
Helen climbing Billy at the belay
On top of Andrey's Tower Another view
Near the tower, a raven visited us
Though no storm clouds were visible, tears of rain fell from the sky as we finished the climb.